Business

Grain piles up as trains move North Dakota oil

The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by the vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants such as General Mills.

Workplace

Kansas City area jobs grew in July, but so did joblessness

The area’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.3 percent in June. At the same time, area employers added 4,100 jobs. Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 10,400 workers or would-be workers entered the area’s labor force in July, causing the jobless rate to rise even as employment grew.

Business

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

Business

Winning American Royal barbecue rubs could go national

Winners will have an opportunity to get their rub recipe manufactured, marketed and distributed by Overland Park-based Old World Spices and Seasonings Inc. The American Royal World Series of Barbecue starts Oct. 2 and is expected to draw about 550 teams to the American Royal complex in the West Bottoms area.

Oklahoma Joe’s will become Joe’s Kansas City

Before the end of the year, the nationally known barbecue restaurant will officially change its name, dropping “Oklahoma” for “Kansas City.” The Kansas City, Kan., company has slowly phased in the new name over the last three years.

Redevelopment of Power & Light Building is a go

Renovation that will create more than 200 apartments is expected to begin in October. NorthPoint Development, the project’s developer, still has to complete development agreements with the authority and Kansas City, but the Riverside company does not expect any problems.

Kansas City area jobs grew in July, but so did joblessness

The area’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.3 percent in June. At the same time, area employers added 4,100 jobs. Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 10,400 workers or would-be workers entered the area’s labor force in July, causing the jobless rate to rise even as employment grew.

Oklahoma Joe’s will become Joe’s Kansas City

Before the end of the year, the nationally known barbecue restaurant will officially change its name, dropping “Oklahoma” for “Kansas City.” The Kansas City, Kan., company has slowly phased in the new name over the last three years.

Redevelopment of Power & Light Building is a go

Renovation that will create more than 200 apartments is expected to begin in October. NorthPoint Development, the project’s developer, still has to complete development agreements with the authority and Kansas City, but the Riverside company does not expect any problems.

Kansas City area jobs grew in July, but so did joblessness

The area’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.3 percent in June. At the same time, area employers added 4,100 jobs. Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 10,400 workers or would-be workers entered the area’s labor force in July, causing the jobless rate to rise even as employment grew.

Today's Market

Money Matters: What’s yours is mine

Social Security benefits may seem like less of a concern foryoung couples just starting life together since each of them has decades to go before reaching retirement age. However, for couples currently nearing retirement, the choices they make regarding Social Security can have a dramatic impact on their financial future.

A last-minute checklist for college students

A can of WD-40, a basic set of tools and refill orders on prescriptions might not be on the minds of college freshmen preparing to leave home for the first time. But a little preparation can save time, money and aggravation.

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously.

Money Matters: What’s yours is mine

Social Security benefits may seem like less of a concern foryoung couples just starting life together since each of them has decades to go before reaching retirement age. However, for couples currently nearing retirement, the choices they make regarding Social Security can have a dramatic impact on their financial future.

A last-minute checklist for college students

A can of WD-40, a basic set of tools and refill orders on prescriptions might not be on the minds of college freshmen preparing to leave home for the first time. But a little preparation can save time, money and aggravation.

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously.

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French leader banks on free market to save economy

Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left flank and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

French leader banks on free market to save economy

Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left flank and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Cityscape

QuikTrip starts cooking with kitchens in stores

QuikTrip is hoping its new made-to-order menu will draw people who want to fill up their stomachs — whether or not their vehicles need fill-ups. QT Kitchens offer a made-to-order menu that includes flatbreads, toasted sandwiches, personal pizzas, specialty coffee drinks, frozen lemonades, smoothies and ice cream.

Business

Burns & McDonnell wins awards for two projects

The Design-Build Institute of America has honored the engineering, architectural, construction and environmental consulting services company for its work on two projects — one with Rolls-Royce Group and the other with Kirtland Air Force Base.